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A day after one-way traffic rule was imposed on Mumbai’s arterial Peddar Road connecting Central and South Mumbai to facilitate the digging of one side of the road...

Pre-monsoon work on Peddar Road postponed for a month

A day after one-way traffic rule was imposed on Mumbai’s arterial Peddar Road connecting Central and South Mumbai to facilitate the digging of one side of the road to replace old and dilapidated sewerage lines,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has stalled the crucial pre-monsoon work.

The work has been postponed for a month after complaints poured in on Sunday and Monday from elite residents of the stretch,as well as schools in the vicinity about traffic “mismanagement.” Having dug a 200-metre-long trench,the BMC now says the work will resume only after April 30.

Civic officials said there was traffic chaos Sunday onwards. “There was lot of confusion and since there are examinations going on,students were finding it difficult to commute because of the traffic restrictions,” said a senior civic official. “We therefore decided to resume the work after April 30 when schools will be done with the examinations,” he said.

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There was no explanation on why nobody had thought about the exams earlier. There are three schools and one college on Peddar road.

The Traffic Police,however,said there was no fault on their part. “There has been no traffic mismanagement from our side as we had deployed 100 traffic cops in a 3-km stretch. We did not receive any specific complaints about the traffic arrangements,” said DCP (traffic) Harish Baijal.

The Peddar Road was to be closed for 25 days starting Sunday to undertake the repair work between Gamadia and Mahalaxmi junction on a 250-metre stretch so that before the onset of monsoon the old and dilapidated pipes will be replaced.

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The work is of emergency nature as the pipelines have collapsed twice in the past and if not replaced now there is a high chance of the road caving in.

Residents have been complaining since Sunday. “My daughter took more than two hours to return from school. Even now I am dreading returning home as I will have to go via Grant road through a very long route,” said Manoj Mayani a media professional who lives on Pedder Road.

Business and commercial activities also took a hit on Sunday and Monday in the area.

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“Today’s business alone is down by 60-70%,” says Hamid Reza who runs a restaurant called Light of Persia. Jyoti Kanojia who works at Kurtiz,a boutique,said,“Monday is usually the busiest for us but as you can see the shop is empty.” However,Kanojia didn’t seem worried so much about the adverse effect of the construction. She said,“Most of our work is as per bulk orders. But it is alarming to see the shop empty.”

First published on: 31-03-2009 at 11:38:13 pm
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